Rye Toasts

These are a very retro appetizer that remind me of the parties my parents would host back in the day. They just epitomize my childhood Christmas memories. Tasting them brings me right back to our large Christmas Eve gatherings. The cheese mixture can be made several days ahead of time, and spread onto the rye toasts just prior to broiling. The black olives, scallions, and curry and chili powder provide just the right amount of seasoning and the rye bread gets nice and toasty under the broiler. It just wouldn’t be Christmas without these tasty cheesy toasts. 

Rye Toasts

Serves: who knows, my family devours them, but I would say 4 slices per person unless there are several other appetizers


  • 2 packages small cocktail rye bread
  • 16 oz. bar Sharp Cheddar Cheese, grated
  • ½ cup finely chopped black olives
  • ½ cup thinly sliced scallions
  • ½ cup shredded American cheese
  • ½ cup Mayo
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon curry powder
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder


  1. This couldn’t be easier. Mix together all ingredients (except the rye bread itself, of course) with a fork. Spread about 2 teaspoons of mixture on each slice of cocktail bread. Line bread slices on a sheet pan or broiler pan. Broil under medium heat for 4-8 minutes until the cheese melts and begins brown. Warning: Keep an eye on them, they burn quickly.

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